Friday, January 15, 2016

Just Four Fun - first finish of 2016!

The pattern, Just Four Fun, is by Amanda Jean Nyberg. Amanda Jean loves scrappy quilts and bright colors - a girl after my own heart! 

As I had the 4-patches on the design wall, I took black and white pictures with my cell phone to see the color values - I wanted the darker colors to all be slanted the same way. It was interesting to see the photos but I guess I deleted all of them sorry.

Amanda Jean's pattern has a large white border. I decided to use some leftover squares in my border.  I halved the squares and stitched them end to end.

I used the rest of my leftovers both squares and pieces in the back. The blue is called Northern Lights. I bought it in Alaska a few years ago.

This quilt was on the design wall for a while while I tried to figure out how to quilt it. Then one day it just hit me - large loops.

Maybe you can see the quilting on the back better.

My quilt is larger than the pattern  - mine measures 47" x 53". I used Dream Cotton for the batting and Aurifil thread for  the piecing and quilting.

I'm working on more scrap quilts - I'd love to get control of some of my fabric scraps this year. We'll see how that goes...

Monday, January 4, 2016

One last 2015 finish.

Happy New Year!

I actually finished this quilt, Sunshine on a Cloudy Day, last year - that wasn't that long ago, was it?!

I bought the pattern when we were traveling last spring. The designer is Aunt Em's Quilts.

This is a donation quilt and I absolutely love the design. I'm thinking about making another larger one for a bed quilt. This one is 57" square.

The dark color is a navy. The bright colors are all from my stash.

I quilted it with the double C. It was my second attempt with this motif and it worked well. I used Dream Cotton batting and Aurifil thread.

The back is dark navy with small birds - it was in my stash and seemed to work.

Up next is this one - I already have it pieced.

I'll tell you more about it when it is finished.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A couple of knitting finishes

These have both been done for a number of days - I just found time to post!

The cowl is from the pattern Very Gifted Cowl by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. It is quite plain so every 10th row, I did a K1 P1 pattern for the entire row. The yarn is HiKoo by skacel Simplinatural, color 46 Crimson, that I bought last spring at Knit-n-Crochet in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  I can use the cowl as a hood so I guess it is called a snood.

The sweater is from the pattern Vineyard Pullover by Rosemary Drysdale. I used James C. Brett Marble Chunky that I bought last spring at Back Porch Quilts and Yarn in Livingston, Montana. I love the yarn. The sweater design is a little blah - I'll wear it some but I was hoping it would be a goto sweater with jeans. 

I'm currently knitting a vest in a lace pattern. It will be awhile before it is done...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Vegetable Beef Soup using dehydrated vegetables

I keep hunting for recipes that use dehydrated food. Some are ok but many have been somewhat disappointing. Today I decided to use a tried and true recipe and change it. Maybe I've found the key - just use my regular recipes and allow for rehydration.

This recipe calls for 4 cups of tomato juice. If I had tomato powder, I could have made tomato juice. No tomato powder because I could not get an abundance of tomatoes this past fall. I decided to just use tomatoes. I had 3 cups of frozen tomatoes and I added 1/2 cup of dehydrated tomatoes. I would have used all dehydrated but I wanted to get those last frozen tomatoes out of the freezer. The soup is not as tomatoey as the original recipe but it has a good flavor and we really liked it.

This makes 8 good sized servings and freezes well. Sorry I forgot to take photos! 

Vegetable Beef Soup in Slow Cooker

2 c  cubed beef
3 c frozen tomatoes
½ c dehydrated tomatoes
2 T dehydrated onion flakes
¼ c dehydrated carrot chips
¼ c dehydrated celery
½ c dehydrated cabbage
1 c dehydrated potatoes
8 ¼ c water  (original recipe called for 4c; added 4 ¼ c for dehydrated veggies)
2 t salt
1 T sugar
2 t chili powder
¼ t pepper

Brown beef. Can use oil but I didn’t. Add all to slow cooker. Cook 6 hours on low.


Monday, December 7, 2015

A small finish

Our house is decorated for Christmas. The shopping is about done. The cards are started. I still have baking and a few other things to do but there has been some time to sew.

In my cleaning, I found some pieces left from a baby boy quilt that I made last February seen here.  I decided there were just enough pieces to make another baby quilt. It's only 32" by 38" and will be donated.

The backing is teal with orange and yellow and the binding is an orange stripe from my stash that seemed to work.

The quilting is a new design for me. I saw it on a Sew Very Easy video. It is a double C. Basically, you draw a C and then come back to make it a double C. I don't know if you can see the pattern or not in the following picture; I do know I like the texture of the quilting.

My donation pile was pretty low and now it has one more quilt, although it is a small one.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Delivered!

What a great day - we delivered quilts to American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. It is part of the University of Wisconsin Health System and a fantastic facility. 

Ray and I toured the hospital when it opened in 2007. Ray's mom was in the UW hospital at the time and we just wondered over for the Open House and were very impressed.

The two ladies accepting my quilts were very excited to get them. 

All 23 quilts ready to go
We know of two young friends who have used this wonderful facility. So today when we delivered the quilts and I filled out the paperwork, it was with great pleasure that I wrote: 

Donated in honor of 
Junko Takahashi 
and 
Sawyer Fry

Today was fun. I hope 23 children each feel the love and hugs in his or her new quilt.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cashmere Socks!

I've had very little free time lately but I finished knitting my latest pair of socks today.

They are not pure cashmere - the Smooshy yarn is 20% cashmere, 70% super wash merino wool, and 10% nylon. The yarn was wonderful to knit and it is so soft. 


It feels good to put my feet up. I love my socks!


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